Lanzarote is a Catholic island and to mark the the beginning of the Holy week hundreds of parishioners accompanied the statue of Jesus through the streets of the capital
for the procession of the Señor de la Burrita. At 10.30 am on Palm Sunday the church of San Ginés in Arrecife was crowded by the parishioners as the Holy Mass began with a programme of songs for the celebration directed by Professor Carmen Dolores Rodríguez. This was a very special celebration which centered on the reading of the Lord’s Passion.
When the mass was over image of the Lord of the Burrita made its exit to the Plaza de Las Palmas in front of the church where all those present carried olive branches which were blessed by the parish priest. The procession then made its way through the streets of the city followed by the parishioners who sang the songs of celebration throughout its journey.
On the last official count which was at the end of 2018, there were more than 129,200 vehicles on the island. Arrecife is the municipality with the highest concentration of vehicles, with a notable difference. Breakdown by municipalities shows that the growth is constant all over the island of just over 45,300 officially registered.
Tías is listed second reference with about 22,800 units, then Teguise with 20,100 units leaving San Bartolomé in intermediate position with 19,100 vehicles. Yaiza, meanwhile, ended last year with a fleet of more than 11,800 cars and Haría at the bottom with an official automobile record of almost 4,500 vehicles.
Overall the numbers are concentrated around cars. In a recount made by the councils data center, it also states that there are more than 30,700 vans, 340 coaches and 7,200 motocycles.
Ten projects will represent the best ethnographic heritage of the island based on traditional craftsmanship, local gastronomy, quality local products and innovation.
The Centers of Art, Culture and Tourism anounced, last Friday, the names of the artisans and artisans that will give life to MAS Campesino, a project that recovers the essence of the center devised by César Manrique, emphasizes the traditions and island customs and encourages interesting and innovative sustainable economic initiatives from the conservation and dissemination of our rich artisan heritage.
The cochineal culture, the emploita, the traditional ceramics, the organic agriculture, the rosettes, the leather goods with native skins, the cheeses and the jams, the gofio and the soaps of artisan creation will be present in what will be “a great showcase” of the ethnographic heritage of the island based on traditional craftsmanship, local gastronomy, local quality products and innovation.
This Thursday the Eagle Air Patrol of the Air Force will be at the Military Aerodrome of Guacimeta preparing for an display which can be seen on Sunday. The show is part of a program of events to celebrate the 600 years of the municiple of Teguise. The Patrol is composed of 7 planes, and 8 aircraft of type E-25 (C-101) will be deployed, accompanied by a T-21 (CN-295) aircraft that will transport personnel and support teams.
On Friday, a preliminary test is planned, in order to take references of the terrain, the buildings and the situation of the public and to comply with all safety standards of a display. In addition, a visit has been arranged for the students of Teguises to the Guacimeta facilities to see the planes.
The maneuvers on Sunday, starting at noon, will be framed in a standardized table and approved by the Chief of Air Staff. It should mean that this table is the same as the Patrol performs in all its exhibitions whether nationally or internationally.
Playa Blanca is a resort surrounded by many natural surprises, The volcanic landscape and nationally protected beaches of Papagayo are the well documented but Los Charcones is one of the unspoilt places that is not so well known. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the resort centre but worth a visit if you are looking for some downtime and complete relaxation. From the Pechiguera lighthouse there are some beautiful natural unspoilt pools stretching across the coastline for almost 2 kilometres. Ideal for taking a dip and enjoying the Lanzarote sunshine. It’s only accesible by dirt track which gives you an idea of how many people you will find there……. not many.
Hundreds of pilgrims took to the roads on Saturday, all from different parts of the island making their way to Mancha Blanca to pay homage to the Virgin of Los Dolores. Many of them this year started earlier than in previous years to avoid the hot temperatures during the day which have been dominating the island over the past week due to the calima.
To help the pilgrims on their way the Art, Culture and Tourism Centers supplied 770 kilos of fruit and 9,000 bottles of water in various stations on route to the church.
The traditional offering to the Virgin of Los Dolores started at 6:45 pm. The councils offered baskets filled with local products including dried fish, pejines and grains such as peas, lentils and sweet potatoes amongst other traditional Lanzarote produce. These are all later given to the people most in need.
It’s not just the islanders that get involved. This year a delegation from the island of Gran Canaria, specifically from the municipality of Teror participated in the pilgrimage and made a donation to the Virgen de Los Dolores .
A special public transport service with buses connected Arrecife and Mancha Blanca every 30 minutes for those who did not want to walk
The 8 Canarian airports registered more than 4 million passengers, 2.2% more with the highest Passenger traffic in August were Gran Canaria and Tenerife South, with 1,145,731 (+ 5.1%) and 917,107 (-2.6%) respectively. They are followed by Lanzarote Airport, with 685.221 (-5%); Fuerteventura, with 570.461 (-0.3%); Tenerife North, with 535.910 (+ 15.7%); La Palma, with 132,346 (+ 11%); El Hierro, with 26,245 (+ 16.6%), and La Gomera, with 9,336 passengers and the largest percentage increase, 39.8% more. With regard to the number of operations, the airports of the archipelago registered 35,902 movements in total, 11.3% more. Of the total commercial flights, 21,064 were national (+ 24%) and 13,349 international (-4.2%). Goods traffic registered more than 2,946 tons transported, 2.1% less than in August 2017.
Kentia gourmet restaurant is a place you can immerse yourself in creative cuisine combining flavors and techniques from different parts of the world and adapted with a fusion of Canarian techniques. The outside of the restaurant is impressive and the decor inside even more so. On top of the hillside of the old town in Puerto del Carmen the views are magnificent. The best part is it’s not just a restaurant, the cocktail bar is also very welcoming with live music on Friday nights. Every Friday from 9pm you can enjoy the very best of motown and soul music with singer Aaron Bruying. Somewhere to visit when on holiday in the resort. For more about Kentia Gourmet Club click here
The César Manrique Foundation has been recognised as one of the 10 best Spanish art galleries and has won a Travellers Choice award by TripAdvisor in the catagory of museums.
The Parisian Museum of Orsay has taken first place as the best museum in the world and the Prado Museum has been ranked as the best museum in Spain.
In the national ranking the César Manrique Foundation is in seventh position and has been noted as the former residence of the artist and that it contains two permanent exhibitions of contemporary art and another more representative of his work.
The winners are determined by using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of comments for museums around the world, over a period of 12 months.
The Warner Bros took over natural park of the sand dunes in Fuerteventura to shoot the next feature film of Wonder Woman. The rate the company will pay to use the area over a 21 day span is around 10,500 euros which is a nice revenue for the local council in La Oliva. The actors move frpm shooting in Almeria to Fuerteventura this week. The film company have taken control of access to the natural park and specifically a wide area cordoned off on both sides of the closed road.
Security will be necessary to prevent tourists from approaching the scenery which expected to be a challenge for Warner Bros and the associated companies and also that photographs of Gal Gadot who will be playing Wonder Women are not taken